Army council sets business process improvements

The Army Business Initiative Council recently approved 17 projects to help the agency and the Defense Department improve business processes.

Nine of the approved initiatives are to be implemented within the Army and seven were submitted to the DOD Business Initiative Council as Defense-wide proposals, according to R.L. Brownlee, acting secretary of the Army.

'This cycle of submissions was the largest effort thus far, with the most initiatives submitted and approved,' Brownlee said in a release, citing the 32 proposals he received during this fifth cycle of Army BIC initiative reviews. 'Our need for more efficient and effective business processes has never been more critical.'

Among the items the Army BIC approved July 16:

  • An enterprise system to establish Army-wide reverse-auction capabilities by obtaining a perpetual license for reverse-auction software

  • An object-based publication system comprised of low-level, standalone topics stored as XML files in a central, Web-based repository

  • An improved dependent determination process to streamline, automate and Web-enable the process for administering Army personnel dependents

  • A one-year pilot program of Internet video, Web collaboration and digitized records to allow Virtual Army board participants to work at home without traveling to a central location

  • Tools to better schedule and track Secret IP Router Network installations, reducing service delays and improving efficiency. It now takes up to eight months from the time a secure Internet connection is requested to when it is installed

  • A campaign, approved by DOD, to encourage employees to register with myPay and to cancel mailings of statements each pay period, which would save about $1.3 million per year in paper and administrative costs

  • A streamlined Army Contractor Automated Verification System, used by Army Intelligence and Security Command, to accelerate the processing of Sensitive Compartmented Information clearances for contractors.

  • Brownlee has asked Army officials to begin implementation plans for the approved initiatives as soon as possible.

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